14.01.13

Turner's Prize - James Turner

Big-carp man, James Turner, achieved something very special indeed last week, when he banked a January forty from Surrey venue, Silvermere. Here’s the story!

“This capture marks the end of some unfinished business for me and this lake. I was lucky enough to catch the other two big fish that resided in the lake back in 2008, but unfortunately these fish have since passed away. For the past two winters, I have fished in the hope of catching up with Clanger. However, it is renowned for being a tricky fish to snare and often goes long periods of time avoiding capture.
Since I last fished the lake it had been restocked and the total stock now stood at about 20 fish in seven acres of shallow, silty water. In January 2012, I caught Baby Clanger and returned in February when I managed to catch another fish - a 17lb stockie, closing the season with a respectable two fish in five nights. With other fishing targets to pursue, I didn’t return to Silvermere until October, when I fished a single overnighter to no avail.
With the unseasonably warm weather, I decided to make the most of it and head down to the lake. I arrived at about 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon and stopped in for a brief chat with some of the lads doing a day session. I headed off to walk the lake and unbelievably I found Clanger virtually straight away, mooching about. The big, old mirror looked active in the unusually clear water. I got all my gear into a swim that covered the margin I had seen Clanger patrolling. Rigs were dispatched as stealthily as possible for the night and nothing, barring a bream, disturbed me. I repositioned the rods in the same area in the early afternoon to ensure that everything was set for the evening, when I hoped Clanger would return.
Just after my friend Warren Fenn arrived in my swim, the left-hand rod was away, it was immediately apparent that I was connected to a good fish. With help from Warren, I was into the waders and out into the shallow pit - the fight was an impressive demonstration of the fish's raw power, with steady powerful runs and huge bow-waves. With the fish finally surfaced and beaten, a huge set of shoulders breached the surface and with no hesitation I slid the net under my prize. A glance into the net confirmed our thoughts - Clanger was sat in the net indignantly. We weighed the old warrior in at 42lb 10oz and quickly snapped away in the bright January sun, before Clanger powered off into the lake."

James Turner

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